Re: Visual Studio 2003

  • From: "Octavian Rasnita" <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 09:39:59 +0300

For choosing the first programming language it depends on more things what would be the best one.

First it depends if the person wants to become a very good programmer, that will know many programming languages very well and very many technologies like TCP/IP, network programming, using web servers, proxy servers, database management systems, XML, and others, or if he just wants to be able to make a few types of programs.

If he wants to become a real good programmer, I think it is better to start learning a little lower level language like C++. With this occasion, he might see if he really wants to do that, because C++ is not a very nice language, but it can do very many things.

Then he could learn other languages like C#, Java, and scripting languages like perl, ruby, PHP, Python...

If he just want to be able to make some types of programs, it depends what types. If he wants to create desktop applications for Windows, he'll better learn C#, or Java if he wants them to be portable, but C# is nicer than Java and it can create applications which are more accessible with a richer suite of controls.

If he wants to create applications for the web servers, it also depends what kind. For simple web sites I think the best language is PHP, which is very simple, although it is used only for creating web pages and some helping apps.

Perl is easier to use for more complex apps, because there are available very many libraries on, and it has many templating systems, application frameworks, ORMS...


----- Original Message ----- From: "Alex Parks" <mehgcap@xxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 4:00 AM
Subject: RE: Visual Studio 2003

I find java easier than c++, but am not sure what is accessible
as far as IDEs go; I use a command line compiler to compile and
run my apps, if you can even call them apps as they are still
very simple little things.  Java is more intuitive and, in my
mind, easier to manage.  Setting up this command line compiler
requires you to put in a system variable, or whatever they are
called, so this might not be too good for an online course, but
java and a good ide would be easier to work with than c++.  If
you need a c++ compiler I recommend the Devc++ from  It is kind of hard to get to the errors, but it
is overall pretty nice.

Have a great day,

----- Original Message -----
From: dusty bray <dusty_bray@xxxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date sent: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 20:50:09 -0400
Subject: RE: Visual Studio 2003

Yeah, thanks to John's search engine, i found your add ins,
Inthane.  i tried the VS 2003 for Jaws 6 add in, which
immediately solved the code editor problem.  However, my brother
still found the IDE very frustrating.

Visual Studio is just so complex.  As it is, there are a million
different ways of accomplishing the exact same tasks in VS; it's
difficult for me to figure out the keyboard equivalents for doing
things the way i know to do them.  i finally just opened up Dev
C++ and everything went smoothly.  smile

So, this prompts me to ask another question which i probably
should have asked from the beginning:  what language and IDE
would you all recommend for beginning blind programmers?  i ask
this not just to help my brother, but because i am hoping to
assist my university in starting up a programming course
specifically for the blind.

While i was at Kennesaw State University, a professor asked the
SNF for a grand to start a course for teaching blind students
VB.NET.  i thought this was an excellent endeavor, but she was
refused the grand.  She could only find a few blind students in
the area that were even semi-interested, and the cost of
equipment would have been phenomenal.  i suggested making it an
online course for people who already have their own machines with
JAWS, and then there wouldn't be any equipment or transportation
costs.  She said that the dean would definitely support my plan.
So now, the only major hurdle is identifying good introductory
material that would give blind students a little exposure to

i want to find something that will work smoothly with JAWS and,
at the time, provide skills that might be useful in industry.
Any thoughts?



From: inthaneelf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Visual Studio 2003
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 16:06:00 -0700

there are sets of "add ins" for the VS 2003 version at my
grab bag sight, but there only for jaws 5 and 6 I do believe,
using VS 2005 with
the scripts for it available on the grab bag would be better in
some ways.

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 ----- Original Message -----
 To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

 Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2007 2:09
 Subject: Re: Visual Studio 2003

 not too certain about this, but I do know for a fact
 there are Jaws scripts for Visual Studio 6 and Visual Studio
 Whether or not either of those script sets will work for 2003 I
am not
 sure.  And at the risk of sounding like an advertisement, you
may also
 want to try my website Blind Crawler and see what the search
engine comes up
 JohnPG search for all of your Jaws scripts at
 be sure to check out Blind Crawler's Legend of the Green Dragon
server at
 will be more to come from Blind Crawler very soon.
Administrator: John

   ----- Original Message -----
   To: ProgrammingBlind@freelistsorg

   Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2007 3:59
   Subject: Visual Studio 2003

Hey everyone,

i know you guys will be able to give me
   the best advice about this.  (i almost started on a wild
goose chase
   for JAWS scripts, but thought better of it.)

i just installed Visual
   Studio 2003 on my brother's computer so that i can introduce
him to
   VB.NET.  i'm really surprised that JAWS behaves very well for
   controls and adding them to the form, but performs very badly
   else.  In the code window, it just keeps reading the path of
the file
   instead of the text at the cursor.  In the properties window,
it reads
   the value repeatedly (i guess because it's actually
refreshing, though i
   can't tell visually).

How do you guys get around this problems?
   Does anyone here use this version of Visual Studio, or should
we be using
   something more accessible?

Thanks so much for the


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